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Strategies For Solving After-Hour Plumbing Emergencies In Your Home

Joann Gardner

Thanks to Murphy's Law, residential plumbing always seems to clog or leak late at night, on a weekend, or during a holiday. While you always have the option of calling up a 24-hour plumbing company, you also have the option of saving some money by trying to solve the problem yourself using each of these strategies:

Keep Your Home Stocked with Basic Emergency Plumbing Supplies

There are many inexpensive items you can use to remedy common plumbing emergencies without having to call a plumber.

So you have the tools on hand when you need to use them, keep your home stocked with each of the following items:

  • a high-quality plunger
  • a bottle of drain cleaner (if you don't have a septic tank)
  • a sink auger
  • a toilet auger
  • an adjustable pipe wrench

In addition to stocking each of these items, it is important you learn how to use them. So, before the time comes when your toilet is overflowing and needs to be plunged and augered out, take some time to read online or watch YouTube videos so you will have the knowledge you need when the time comes.

Know How to Turn Off Your Water Main and Point-of-Service Plumbing

When you have a water leak or overflowing toilet it is vital you turn off the water supply as soon as possible to mitigate damage. For faucets and toilets, you can turn off the water supply using the shutoff valves at the point-of-service. For leaking pipes in walls or other places without point-of-service shutoff valves, you will need to turn off the property's water main. 

If you do not know how to do these things, then today is the day to learn. The last thing you want is to try and learn how to turn off the water supply as your plumbing is actively spewing out water.

Decide If the Problem Can Wait or If You Need to Call a 24-Hour Plumbing Service

Finally, while plumbing problems are never pleasant and waiting for them to be fixed isn't convenient, it's important you take a step back and decide whether or not the current issue will cause more damage to your house if it's not immediately fixed.

For example, you can always wait a day or two if your dishwasher is leaking but you have the water turned off to it so no more water is escaping. However, if a pipe in your kitchen is leaking and the only way to keep it from doing so is to turn off the entire home's water supply, then calling a 24-hour plumbing service is necessary so your family can once again flush toilets and shower.


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Plumbing With A Purpose

When was the last time you realized that you had a serious plumbing problem? About a month ago, I knew that I had to make some big changes, so I began talking with different plumbers about getting the job done. I told them that I wanted to replace the bathtub in the bathroom and the sink and faucet in the kitchen, and they took my requests in stride. Before I knew it, my entire home was updated and I felt great about the work. I wanted to start this blog to help other people to learn more about plumbing and repair.